TAMPA – Gary Sanchez's turn to beat up the Astros on Wednesday morning, and the Yankees' catcher made an entertaining promise his teammates would like to test.
“I can tell you that if I meet a Homer and my team comes to the World Series, they can tear my pants off. Everything. You can tear everything down, ”said a smiling Sanchez through an interpreter at George M. Steinbrenner Field. "If I take my team to the World Series and meet a walk-off homer, they can tear everything down."
Sanchez, of course, was referring to Jose Altuve's much-discussed and closely examined video after he rounded up the bases after his Homer against Aroldis Chapman to catapult the Astros over the Yankees in the 2019 American League Championship Series. His teammate didn't want his shirt undressing – which sparked speculation that Altuve was wearing a buzzer that alerted him to Chapman's sliders that the second Houston baseman had thrashed at the end of the Yankees season.
Rob Manfred & # 39; s investigation of the Astros 'sign-theft practices published last month found that the team was guilty of the opponents' signs in 2017, including the off-season when the Yankees were previously victims of their ALCS rivals have stolen illegally. However, the commissioner's office said it had investigated allegations that the Astros was using portable devices, including last October, and found nothing to substantiate such allegations.
That won't stop people from wondering publicly. Even the normally tacit Sanchez, who started every game behind the board in ALCS 2017 and 2019, seemed to enjoy this topic of discussion. When asked if he thought Altuve was carrying a device when he went deep, Sanchez said, “He stayed behind in this place pretty well. But they asked (Altuve): "What were you looking for in this bat?" And he said he was looking for an off-speed. I dont know. That's a good question. "
When asked if he saw Altuve's video, Sanchez smiled again and said, "I've seen a lot of videos. So many. So many. So many. I've seen them all. People send them to me all the time. I just have to say, "Wow."
Sanchez felt the cheating of 2017, which Manfred explained in detail in his report, was similar.
"It's difficult after you've learned all about the investigation," Sanchez said, adding that "Maybe I heard about the notorious trash can."
“And not just for us, but for everyone who has faced them. As you said, we were very careful with characters and our character system and we thought we were doing a great job and you will learn more about how they decrypt the characters, just like now. It doesn't feel good. When you hear something like this as a ball player, it doesn't feel good. "
When asked if he thought the 17 Yankees had been cheated out of a pennant, Sanchez said: "It is difficult to say, but at the same time I can tell you as a batsman if I know that something is coming, I will get a higher one Percentage of success, right? It is simple and simple. Who knows at the end of the day, right? "
However, he doesn't mind speculating about it.